Football Features

Forgotten Liverpool players, from Victor Moses to ‘the fifth Beatle’

By Chris Smith

Published: 11:00, 2 December 2022

Liverpool has been home to some of the best players ever to grace a football pitch.

Kenny Dalglish, Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez are just a few of the legends we’ve seen write their name into Anfield folklore over the years.

However, for every Fernando Torres, there’s an Andriy Voronin, and for every iconic No.9, there’s a player that leaves you scratching your head trying to remember when exactly it was that they pulled on a red shirt.

With that in mind, read on for 13 players you probably forgot played for Liverpool.

Victor Moses

Age: 31

Liverpool first-team appearances: 22

Liverpool goals: 2

Current club: Spartak Moscow

Kicking off our list is Nigerian winger Victor Moses, who played just 22 games in all competitions for the Reds while on loan from Chelsea in the 2013/14 season, scoring twice.

That campaign happened to be Liverpool’s infamous capitulation, throwing away the Premier League title in spectacular fashion with ‘Crystanbul’ and Steven Gerrard’s slip against Chelsea. Those are two massively unforgettable moments, which probably push Moses’ Liverpool career even further from your memory.

He’d return to Stamford Bridge, playing a key role as Antonio Conte’s side cantered to the title in 2017, but was deemed surplus to requirements by Maurizio Sarri and Frank Lampard, who allowed the Nigerian to join Fenerbahce, Inter Milan and Spartak Moscow on loan, eventually joining the latter on a permanent deal.

Luis Alberto

Age: 30

Liverpool first-team appearances: 12

Liverpool goals: 0

Current club: Lazio

No player has recorded more assists in Serie A than Luis Alberto (47) since the start of the 2017/18, but you’d do well to remember him contributing anything of note in a Liverpool shirt.

The Spaniard moved to Anfield from Sevilla for £6.8m in 2013 but managed just 12 appearances during his single season for Liverpool before being farmed out on loan.

None of that will matter to Alberto now, though, as the 30-year-old continues his creative exploits for Lazio.

Javier Manquillo

Age: 28

Liverpool first-team appearances: 19

Liverpool goals: 0

Current club: Newcastle

Liverpool made the bold move of signing Javier Manquillo on a two-year loan back in 2014 but such was his ineffectiveness, the deal was terminated just a year later.

The Spanish right-back did contribute a couple of assists during his time on Merseyside, including one for Steven Gerrard during Liverpool’s 2-1 FA Cup win over AFC Wimbledon, but other than that, you may need to spend a while scratching your head over the “legacy” he left at Anfield.

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Martin Kelly

Age: 32

Liverpool first-team appearances: 62

Liverpool goals: 1

Current club: West Bromwich Albion

Martin Kelly came through the famed Liverpool academy and managed 62 appearances for the club across all competitions, even managing a cap for England in 2012 (although that was a mere three-minute cameo in a friendly against Norway) and a call-up to Roy Hodgson’s Euros squad that year.

However, the reason many of you will struggle to remember his time at Anfield may be the fact that his 62 appearances for Liverpool were completely outweighed by the 76 games he was actually unavailable for due to injury, totally curtailing a potential career at Kelly’s boyhood club.

The right-back left for Crystal Palace in 2014 and forged a respectable career with the Eagles, making just under 150 appearances for the club before leaving for West Brom in the summer.


Age: 29

Liverpool first-team appearances: 21

Liverpool goals: 1

Current club: Sevilla

Suso was actually scouted and persuaded to join Liverpool from Cadiz by fellow Spaniard Rafa Benitez. By the time he arrived at Anfield, however, it was Roy Hodgson in the dugout.

This sort of misfortune was an early foreshadowing of how the playmaker’s Liverpool career would go, with Suso managing just 21 appearances for the club in total, with a one-year loan spell at Almeria sandwiched into his time on Merseyside.

After a spell with AC Milan, Suso — a five-time international with Spain — helped Sevilla win the 2019/20 Europa League during a loan which has since been made permanent.

Peter Gulacsi

Age: 32

Liverpool first-team appearances: 0

Liverpool goals: 0

Current club: RB Leipzig

Believe it or not, current RB Leipzig shot-stopper Peter Gulacsi spent six years on the books at Liverpool. He initially joined the club’s youth set-up as a 17-year-old on loan before the move was made permanent as he turned 18.

Gulacsi made 25 reserve appearances for Liverpool and was on the bench 45 times for the first-team, including 17 times during the 2010/11 Premier League campaign. He would eventually leave in 2015, joining Red Bull Salzburg from whom he joined Leipzig, making himself a household name in Germany.

Sebastian Coates

Age: 32

Liverpool first-team appearances: 24

Liverpool goals: 2

Current club: Sporting CP

If you want to know the sum total of Sebastian Coates’ time at Liverpool, just check out the video below:

No, the former Nacional man wasn’t another Uruguayan forward signed to wreak havoc with Suarez, as that goal against QPR may suggest. He, in fact, plies his trade at centre-back.

The likes of Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger and Jamie Carragher ensured Coates — who was named Best Young Player at Copa America 2011 — never really got any meaningful playing time, but he’ll always have that wondergoal in a 3-2 loss at QPR.

David Martin

Age: 36

Liverpool first-team appearances: 0

Liverpool goals: 0

Current club: MK Dons

Another goalkeeper, David Martin has been around the UK plying his trade but one of his first moves was to Liverpool. In January 2006, Martin joined Liverpool from MK Dons but his Reds career was full of loan moves, five in total before returning to Milton Keynes permanently.

Although he did not make a first-team appearance, Martin was on the bench 13 times for Liverpool. Seven years with MK Dons preceded a two-year spell with Millwall before Martin joined West Ham, with whom his dad won the FA Cup in 1980. Martin Jr made an emotional debut in November 2019 and kept a clean sheet against Chelsea. Martin is now back at MK Dons but is playing a backup role.

Steven Caulker

Age: 29

Liverpool first-team appearances: 4

Liverpool goals: 0

Current club: Fatih Karamgumruk

Even though it was less than five years ago, Steven Caulker’s Liverpool career is surely one of the most forgettable on the list?

Caulker made a bizarre loan move from QPR to Liverpool in January 2016 after cancelling his loan spell with Southampton. During his four brief appearances for the Reds, Caulker was actually used as an emergency striker on three occasions as Liverpool chased the game. With 22 career goals to date, you can probably guess the outcome. Caulker was a one-cap England international prior to his move to Liverpool, but has now made eight appearances for Sierra Leone having made his debut at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2022.

Retired players of note

Nuri Sahin

Liverpool first-team appearances: 12

Liverpool goals: 3

Given his success at Borussia Dortmund before moving to Real Madrid, you could easily have forgiven Liverpool fans for feeling a twinge of excitement when they signed Nuri Sahin on loan in August 2012.

However, the Turkey international had already suffered a massive loss of confidence during his time in Spain, from which he has never really recovered, and only managed 12 appearances in all competitions for the Reds.

Sahin retired last summer and is now manager of Antalyaspor, his final club.

Philipp Degen

Liverpool first-team appearances: 13

There was actually a fair amount of excitement surrounding the arrival of Philipp Degen at Liverpool in 2008. This is understandable, given that he had won multiple Swiss league titles, had a host of caps for Switzerland and had been a very consistent right-back in Germany with Borussia Dortmund.

Degen’s Liverpool career was curtailed through injury, however, and he left the club two years and 13 appearances later, achieving, well, absolutely nothing. He may be remembered by some, however, for being subject of a Jamie Carragher joke on Twitter while Liverpool were losing a Champions League game to Basel in 2014.

Mauricio Pellegrino

Liverpool first-team appearances: 13

Did you know that Mauricio Pellegrino is a massive fan of the Beatles?

“I could not sleep for several nights after the move was confirmed. The first free weekend I get I plan to visit everything in the city that is connected with the Beatles,” said the central defender, who was occasionally referred to as the “Fifth Beatle” by the Argentinian press, once his 2005 move to Anfield was confirmed.

Just 13 appearances later, and Pellegrino’s ‘magical mystery tour’ was over as he was shipped back to Spain to end his career with Alaves, though he did return to the Premier League, if only briefly, as his stint in charge of Southampton ended disastrously.

Rigobert Song

Liverpool first-team appearances: 38

Now manager of the Cameroonian national team, Rigobert Song is perhaps remembered more by fans in England for his exploits at international level than his club career, given he spent most of it at the likes of FC Metz, Galatasaray, Lens and Trabzonspor. But for three-and-a-half-years he did spend time in England, including two at Liverpool.

The defender joined Liverpool in January 1999 from Salernitana and played 13 times for the Reds before the end of the season. His first full campaign at Anfield brought a further 21 appearances including 14 starts in the Premier League. Four more appearances followed in the first half of the 2000/01 campaign before Song joined West Ham United.